Sugar Industry Code of Conduct

The sugar code of ethics is largely supported by the Nationals but other parties say it is a restriction on free enterprise and the free market. However, the lack of a code and/or legislation to guarantee choice in marketing is a restraint on the free market itself. A code of conduct is necessary to restore balance to an industry where thousands of family farm businesses have no bargaining power when dealing with large agribusiness (especially foreign-owned). The major parties do not appreciate what impact Wilmar’s unfair marketing changes and bargaining practices have on the farming family.